James McLoughlin will join the UK’s oldest association for business leaders to coordinate research and campaigns on entrepreneurship, the new economy and innovation.
McLoughlin joins the IoD from Bell Pottinger where, as Associate Partner, he has worked alongside some of the most innovative technologies, services and businesses including broadband providers, peer-to-peer lenders and start-up ventures.
Commenting on the move, Simon Walker, Director General of the IoD, said:
“James will be coming to the IoD at an incredibly exciting time. We’re focusing our policy and campaign work on wealth creation in the new economy, disruptive technologies, entrepreneurship and innovation. He’ll be responsible for coordinating our output across these areas and will be working closely with our Policy Unit specialists in areas such as financial services, regulation, taxation and infrastructure.”
“I’ve always enjoyed being at the forefront of innovation, whether in small campaigns or as part of a larger business, and this is an approach that the IoD embodies. They may be the oldest business organisation around, but time and again they demonstrate foresight in areas such as shale gas, labour market changes and the effects of disruptive technologies.
“I’ve spent several years advising clients, campaigners and politicians on the issues and opportunities associated with the rise of a digital economy, and I can’t wait to start shaping policies and campaigns that will benefit IoD members as well as the wider economy.
“There is vital work to do in bringing down the barriers that prevent people from taking an active role in the new economy, challenging regulations in light of new digital environments and ensuring that the economy of the future is one in which everyone can have a stake.”
James Sproule, Chief Economist and Director of Policy at the IoD, said:
“James will make an immense contribution to the work of the IoD as we continue to campaign on behalf of our 35,000 members. Strengthening our relationship with the vibrant world of start-up businesses, technology and the new economy, he will help bring together the work of the Policy Unit as we head towards the General Election.”
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